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Upgrading from HE-500: LCD2 or SRS-3170 System?

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I'm currently using a pair of HiFiMan HE-500s with a EF-5/Bifrost combo. I mainly listen to electronic with the occasional rock or classical song. Would the LCD-2 with current amp/dac combo or the Stax SRS-3170 (no clue on dac yet) system be a better upgrade? I've had the HE-500 for about a year now and I'm looking for an upgrade..again lol.

 

I'm hesitant on the LCD2 as a few friends of mine have heard the LCD-2 after using the HE-500s and actually liked the 500s better!

 

Ideas?


Edited by bl42ed0 - 9/9/13 at 12:47am
post #2 of 10

Doesn't sound like any of those options are upgrades. All of them seem like side-grades.

 

Is there something about the HE-500 that you don't like? Can you elaborate what you want out of a headphone?

post #3 of 10

LCD-2 is a sidegrade. I've owned both for years. I would say get a speaker amp and get the HE-6 or the LCD-3 with a nice amp like the Mjolner if you can swing the money.

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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post
 

LCD-2 is a sidegrade. I've owned both for years. I would say get a speaker amp and get the HE-6 or the LCD-3 with a nice amp like the Mjolner if you can swing the money.

 

Yup! Quality speaker amp + HE-6 is really really up there. Almost matches the SR-009.

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Doesn't sound like any of those options are upgrades. All of them seem like side-grades.

 

Is there something about the HE-500 that you don't like? Can you elaborate what you want out of a headphone?

 

 

+1

 

LCD-3 would be more of an upgrade, or HE-6, or maybe even HD 800 with a GOOD amp.

post #6 of 10
Electronic is a tricky one. What's more important to you: good bass, or good treble? STAX is great for the genre assuming you're not a basshead.

You could also look at some TOTL dynamics. I know Orthos and Stats are all the rage but I really wasn't impressed with the HE-6 when I owned them.
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Electronic is a tricky one. What's more important to you: good bass, or good treble? STAX is great for the genre assuming you're not a basshead.

You could also look at some TOTL dynamics. I know Orthos and Stats are all the rage but I really wasn't impressed with the HE-6 when I owned them.

 

I'm going to assume you were way underpowering the HE-6.

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I'm going to assume you were way underpowering the HE-6.

Might be that my amplifier was a bad match, but it certainly wasn't underpowered. I'm using a vintage receiver that has about 50W per channel.
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Originally Posted by MohawkUS View Post

Electronic is a tricky one. What's more important to you: good bass, or good treble? STAX is great for the genre assuming you're not a basshead.

You could also look at some TOTL dynamics. I know Orthos and Stats are all the rage but I really wasn't impressed with the HE-6 when I owned them.

 

Definitely not a basshead although I do love the rich sub-bass the he-500 has. I love everything about the headphones but I want to try something different.

post #10 of 10
For a different flavor you should go after the stats. I really liked the 800s with the GS-X II though.
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